Late June. That's when foliage is at its most lush, before the desiccating heat of summer and swarms of chewing, sap-sucking insects. The early weeds, if not already plucked, are overrun and outgrown. It's tip-top garden time.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Humulus lupulus, a great name, but hard to remember. No wonder it's called hops. (Planting tip for golden hops: interplant with Virginia creeper. In fall, the intertwined chartreuse and crimson leaves--dazzling. But beware: things can quickly get out of hand.)
The Ginkgo rustles in the breeze, leaves ancient and uniquely attractive. Same tree as this post, which showed the pretty fall colour and may have said a few substantive things about ginkgos.
If you look up "Nasturtium" as a genus name, guess what? Not nasturtiums! Nasturtiums, the lively garden annuals, are in the genus Tropaeolum. Nasturtium, the genus, is a kind of water cress. The peppery flavour of the edible parts of the garden plant recalls water cress, hence the link, and the confusion.
Nasturtium, by the way, means "Nose twister." Best unsought fact of the day.